Lemierre syndrome

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Lemierre syndrome is a rare disease that is typically characterized by the following four findings: (1) pharyngitis or tonsillitis; followed by (2) oropharyngeal infection with Fusobacterium necrophorum, a bacteria that is normally present in the pharynx, gastrointestinal tract, and genital tract of humans; leading to (3) internal jugular vein thrombosis; and subsequent (4) septic emboli (pus-containing tissue that migrates from its original location in the body to the lungs or other parts of the body). Antibiotics are usually the primary treatment. Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.

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